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The Judgment of the Adulteress

By: Pino di Luccio, SJ

The account of the adulterous woman in the Gospel according to John[1] most likely was not originally part of the traditions of the Johannine communities. While this episode  is translated in the Vulgate, is commented on by Ambrose, Augustine and Jerome, and appears in an important manuscript of the Western tradition (Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis), it is not included in ancient manuscripts of the fourth Gospel, in the Peshitta, the Syriac version of the New Testament or the Coptic Bohairic version....

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In Memory of Fr. Diego Fares, SJ (1955-2022)

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

On July 19, 2022, Fr. Diego Fares, an Argentinean, left this earth at the age of 66, surrounded by his two sisters and his companion in the novitiate, Ernesto Giobando, who was in Rome at the time. For about two years he had been living with a serious illness, facing it with patience, fortitude and spiritual serenity. The treatment he had to undergo had required his transfer from the community of La Civiltà Cattolica to the infirmary of the Residenza...

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Energy Consumption, Quality of Life and Ecology

By: Agustín Udías Vallina, SJ

All living beings draw energy from the environment for their subsistence. Humans also consume energy for many other needs related to their activities and well-being, such as industrial processes, temperature control in buildings (heating and cooling), transport (cars, trains, ships and planes), and household appliances. Indeed, energy consumption increases proportionally to the stage of development of a population. Cultural progress and well-being are linked to energy consumption: the more the former grows, the more the latter increases. Therefore, with regard...

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Antonio Canova: The immortality of beauty

By: Andrea Dall'Asta, SJ

The 18th century, leading to the birth of a new world In Italy, art history generally marks the end of the great Italian cultural age, inaugurated by Giotto, with the luminism of Giovan Battista Tiepolo or with the refined neoclassical elegance of Antonio Canova (1757-1822).[1] In fact, in the 18th century Italy gradually lost that role of cultural leader that had seen it at the center of European art  for centuries. Thus Rome, while retaining the charm of the Eternal...

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Pope Callixtus († 222): heretic or saint?

By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

If there is one figure difficult to understand, it is Pope Callixtus. His was a short pontificate of only five years (217-222) and the Catholic Church has always venerated him as a martyr. Although he is considered one of the most significant popes of the third century, he led a very troubled life. The memorial on October 14th in the current Roman Missal reads as follows: “Callixtus, a former slave, was pope from 218 to 222. His name is linked...

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Popes John XXIII and Francis: Two ‘Men in Dark Times’

By: Andreas Lind, SJ

Introduction Published in 1968, the book Men in Dark Times[1] still has something to say in our time. Hannah Arendt wrote it long ago, it is true, and the work consists of a collection of essays devoted to people who lived most of their lives during the first half of the last century, with the exception of Gotthold Lessing.[2] Yet a light shines in the lives of these people who have gone before us, given the fact that some of...

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